Midway advanced in the NCHSAA 2-A volleyball playoffs with a 3-0 (25-23, 25-11, 25-8) win over visiting Northwood in the third round on Thursday night. The Raiders (21-4) will take on host Ayden-Grifton (24-1) on Saturday at 2 p.m. … With four returning starters, Duke has been picked as the preseason favorite in ACC men’s basketball. … Martin Necas scored in overtime to give the Carolina Hurricanes a 3-2 win over visiting Seattle on Thursday night. San Jose visits the Canes tonight (Bally Sports South, 7 p.m.). … Host N.C. Central downed South Carolina State, 62-28 for its seventh straight football win. … Virginia Tech overwhelmed visiting Syracuse, 38-10. … Charlotte hosts Florida Atlantic in an American Athletic Conference football contest tonight (ESPN2, 7:30 p.m.). … The World Series gets underway with Arizona at Texas tonight (FOX, 8:03 p.m.). … Host Buffalo topped Tampa Bay, 24-18, in the NFL Thursday night matchup. …. Leesville Road travels to Cardinal Gibbons in high school football tonight (WRDC, 7:10 p.m.).